While most Republicans on Capitol Hill remained quiet over the Supreme Courts recent move to pave the way for widespread same-sex marriage legalization, Sen. Ted Cruz didnt hold back his opposition.
On Monday, Cruz announced that he would introduce a constitutional amendment forbidding the federal government and courts from interfering in states legislative rights to define marriage.
The Texan Tea Party icon called SCOTUS decision judicial activism at its worst in a recent statement.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected appeals in five states requesting to outlaw same-sex marriage, essentially legalizing gay unions in Indiana, Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
Most Republicans kept silent about SCOTUS decision, clearly not interested in continuing the debate over gay marriage. Yet Cruz decided to keep the issue at the forefront of his far-right agenda.
By refusing to rule if the State can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution, Cruz said. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.
The recent court decision strikes home for this Texan senator, who also considers himself a strong potential presidential candidate for 2016.
In February, a U.S. District Judge ruled Texas same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. The state immediately worked on appealing the decision, clinging to the idea that states should have the right to determine their own marriage laws.
Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society, Cruz said. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it.